New York bishop: Catholics shouldn’t vote for pro-abortion candidates. Period.

New York bishop: Catholics shouldn’t vote for pro-abortion candidates. Period.

[From a bishop in Cardinal Tiny Tim’s province]

Lisa Bourne

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York, November 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Support for abortion by candidates for public office is a deal-breaker, according to one New York bishop who said supporting abortion is “sufficient reason” on its own to disqualify them from receiving our vote.

In a recent letter, Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy also directly shot down the “personally opposed” argument often used by pro-abortion candidates and those who support them to justify backing legalized abortion.

“Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote,” Bishop Murphy wrote, immediately going on to emphasize, “Let me repeat that: Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote.”

The October 24 letter was read at Sunday Mass in the Rockville Centre diocese this past weekend, Newsday reports.

The bishop told the area’s Catholics in the letter that while there were numerous issues pertinent to society, none overshadows the preeminence of human life.

“Many issues are very important in our society today,” Bishop Murphy wrote. “But none of them can eclipse the centrality of human life, especially innocent human life in the womb or at the end of life.”

He also re-emphasized that abortion is the biggest threat to life, criticizing government funding of it, along with government overreach in the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

“Above all and over all, the number one issue more fundamental and crucial than any other is abortion – that is the direct taking of innocent life,” the bishop wrote, “which is financed by government funds — the diversion of our tax dollars to abortionists like Planned Parenthood as well as government insistence that we Catholics like the Little Sisters of the Poor violate our consciences to advance such programs.”

The decisions made by Catholics on Election Day are important ones, Bishop Murphy also told the faithful, and that, above all, they should pray.

“Pray before the Blessed Sacrament, pray to the Blessed Mother, pray the rosary and entrust your decision to our Lord,” he said.

He acknowledged the level of division with the election. “But as responsible citizens and faithful men and women of God, we have to exercise our right to vote in a way that is serious, well-informed and reflective of who we are as Americans and Catholics.”

Bishop Murphy told his Catholic readers he believed the country is headed in the wrong direction, asking them to ponder candidates at all levels who would continue the current course and “which are more likely to restore justice in those areas that cry out for such a restoration?”

“Which ones are willing to lead us in a direction that is more pro-life, more pro-family and more pro-truth?” he asked. “Which ones will recognize and respect the role of religion in the lives of citizens and the Church’s right to mediate the truths of the Gospel and the Church’s teaching as part of the public life of our country, in public ministries like healthcare, education and charitable works, without being forced to adopt and facilitate those cultural practices that are not consonant with Church teaching?”

Bishop Murphy was among the prelates who voiced strong support for marriage after last year’s Supreme Court Obergefell decision legalizing gay “marriage,” using the occasion to comment on the constitutionality of the Roe vs. Wade decision, stating, “We have the God-given and constitutional right to proclaim religious truths in the public square, as well as [in] our churches, just as we have been doing for almost 50 years in the ever vigilant battle against another wrongly decided decision, Roe v. Wade.”

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4 comments on “New York bishop: Catholics shouldn’t vote for pro-abortion candidates. Period.

  1. The Diocese of Rockville Center, NY is not the same diocese as the Archdiocese of New York headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

    • Correct: The Diocese of Rockville Center is not part of the Archdiocese of New York City, but it is part of the Province of New York State under the Archdiocese of New York City [emphasis added]. Dioceses are organized under an archdiocese as provinces for reasons of Church law such as for appeal of church tribunal cases (usually contested marriage annulments) to a higher level before going to the highest level to the Holy See (Rome) itself and (as a more recent example in the United States) of determining when the feast of the Ascension should be observed (with the obligation of Mass attendance) in a particular province – whether on the actual Thursday or the following Sunday. In that case most provinces in the United States have chosen to observe the holyday as “Ascension Sunday.” Only those in the Northeast (New England, Connecticut, New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and the state of Nebraska have chosen to keep the Ascension on its assigned Thursday.

  2. Records reveal bishops’s role in Boston scandal

    In 1995, Boston’s vicar general, Auxiliary Bishop William Murphy, appointed a priest accused of sexual abuse of minors to set up a job bank for other accused priests, according to archdiocesan records.

    From 1993 to 2001 Murphy, now bishop of the Rockville Centre, N.Y., diocese, ranked second in Boston to former Archbishop Bernard Law.

    According to Newsday, a Long Island paper that examined some 40,000 pages of the church documents made available by Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney in the last year, Murphy played a role in the supervision of about a third of all cases of abuse by Boston priests. His supervision included the case of now defrocked priest John Geoghan, whose history of abusing children has become among the most notorious nationwide, and of Fr. Melvin Surette, who established the job bank to find work for accused priests removed from parishes.

    During his tenure as vicar general, Murphy was involved in the reassigning of priests to new parishes and, in some cases, to new dioceses, where the accusations against the priests were not known.

  3. What’s up with this Cdl. Law protege? When did he become pro-life? If anyone knows the history of Fr. Jack Murphy, they are familiar with how badly Bp. M. treated him. He wouldn’t help him when he got falsely accused and arrested at killing centers. He wouldn’t let him say the Traditional Mass. If I’m correct, the bishop ordered Fr. Jack out of the diocese.

    Bishop Murphy’s niece fought Cardinal Law over the horrendous sex-ed programs in the schools. About 20+ years ago, uncle Bill told her to knock it off and “obey” the cardinal.

    Is this detraction? No. This bishop is a destroyer. He hasn’t apologized, and is continuing the modernist undermining of all that is sacred. Catholics beware.

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